On Tuesday 27th October 2015 Ceres moved into Aquarius, where she remains until 28th January 2016. If you have heavenly bodies, angles or points in Aquarius (and particularly if you have more than three of them) then you are about to see a three-month process of power-sharing, compromise and a whole new order with your group. This group may be a band, charity, team, association, society or club.
Even if you don’t have Aquarian chart factors, one area of your life will still go through a three-month transformation in the balance of power. In your public life (as opposed to your very private life) it will affect this area of your existence –
ARIES Old and new friendships.
TAURUS Your ambitions and goals.
GEMINI Travel – literally or in the mind.
CANCER Money and all it can purchase.
LEO Former, current and potential partners.
VIRGO Your working life and your body.
LIBRA Children and parenthood-potential people.
SCORPIO Your home, family, nation and town.
SAGITTARIUS Communication in all its forms.
CAPRICORN Money, business and property.
AQUARIUS Your persona, title and image.
PISCES Your secrecy and your invisibility.
CERES IN MYTHOLOGY
In mythology, Ceres was the goddess who lost her daughter Proserpina to Pluto, whose passion for the latter saw him breaking through the earth, from the Underworld, to seize her. There is a famous statue of the moment, much copied, created by Bernini at the age of just 23. Sometimes called The Rape of Proserpina, it is generally known as The Abduction of Proserpina. If you look at the sculpture carefully you will see she is also in a position of power. In fact, the entire story (man, woman and mother) is about the battle for control and the search for empowerment. The fall-out from the abduction changed the world. Ceres found her identity away from her daughter and was forced to accept her offspring’s new role and title, as Pluto’s queen and wife. Pluto was also forced to accept that his new love would be away from him, for six months of the year. Proserpina herself went from having no power at all, to being a substantial power-player in the delicate balance between her husband and her mother, taking turns to spend six months with each.
CERES IS THE FOUR SEASONS
Ceres is symbolised by The Four Seasons and this famous piece of music was itself subjected to a Pluto/Ceres/Proserpina process in the same year Ceres was discovered and named, in 1801. Musical titans Muller, Van Swieten and Haydn were involved in what can only be called a power play-off that year.
Why The Four Seasons? Ceres ruled the seasons and when her daughter was taken, she went into depression, then an enraged piece of strike action, which put the natural flow of the four seasons on hold. The famous oratorio was also (as you can see, above) uncannily at the heart of a struggle between rival musical egos in the year, 1801, Ceres was found and given her name.
This idea of ‘to everything, there is a season’ as The Byrds once sang, is quite helpful in a Ceres cycle. Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn all must take their turn and all have their own value. They are parts of the whole, just as musicians are part of a wider piece of work. All are different yet equal.
In the original myth, Pluto had Proserpina for Autumn and Winter. Ceres had her for Summer and Spring. In your own life, watch the impact of Ceres in Aquarius as one area of your existence becomes ‘seasonal’ within a very short three-month time-frame. This means quite a different rhythm, to the one you are accustomed to. It also means that all concerned will have to take their turn, enjoy their moment, and accept their ‘season’ in this new climate.
IF YOU HAVE PLANETS, POINTS OR ASTEROIDS IN AQUARIUS
You are defined by your friendships and the alliances and camaraderie you have within the wider group. The more Aquarian you are, the more your life is described by your friends and the circles of people to which you belong. The Aquarius in Rome was the water-bearer – quite literally – who supplied the city with its water. This ancient symbol reminds us that without water, there were no public baths, and without the Roman public baths, there was no community. You ‘feed’ the community just as the Aquarius once supplied the people at their local gathering place.
This will be on the line when Ceres is in Aquarius and you need to look at the degree (number) of your Aquarius placement then track the movement of Ceres across it, because when she reaches the exact same degree, you will see a real-life example of the Pluto, Ceres and Proserpina myth played out, with a friend or group in your life.
Astrology is about awareness and just knowing the symbolism will help you work your way through the necessary compromise.